Videotaped Roundtable Discussion: THE FUTURE OF COMMUNITY MEDIA IN NEW YORK STATE 1 hour 31 minutes 54 seconds Produced by ACMNY - Alliance for Community Media of New York
Videotaped on April 18, 2015 at Open Stage Media (Proctors.org) in Schenectady, New York.
to the moderator, Maryann Arrien of the Alliance for Community Media of
New York, there are vast sections of New York state that have either no
local channels, or an inadequate number of channels and staffing to
support their operations, putting New York State residents at a
disadvantage compared to other states in the North East Region when it
comes to seeing their local government and school meetings, as well as
local cultural programming on Community TV channels.
panelists include Proctors Executive Director Philip Morris, NYS
Assemblyman Peter Lopez (District 102), NYS Assemblyman Angelo
Santabarbara (District 111), John A. Figliozzi, former Chief of
Municipal Assistance at the NYS Public Service Commission – now of FSI
Municipal Consultants LLC, and President Michael Vandow of Schopeg, Inc.
In addition to the live guests, there were videotaped comments from
NYS Assemblywoman Sandy Galef (District 95), NYS Assemblyman Kevin A.
Cahill (District 103), US Congressman Chris Gibson (NY-19) of
Columbia/Greene County, Alliance for Community Media national
organization President Mike Wassenaar, present and past Chairpersons of
the Alliance for Community Media North East Region Karen Hayden and
Nancy Richard. In addition there were videotaped comments former NY
State residents Executive Director Jennifer Evans of West Hartford
Community Television in Connecticut and Membership & Outreach
Coordinator Erica Jones of Somerville Community Access Television in
The panel discussed the value of Public,
Educational & Government Access Television, why it is absent, weak
or dying in some areas. They speculated on ideas of how to remedy that,
took stock of how PEG Access TV is presently funded, and how it should
be funded in the future taking into account the changes in video
distribution technology. In addition to new funding streams, they
addressed the problem of the lack of parity of video quality and channel
accessibility of local community non-commercial channels with their
local ‘for profit’ local TV channels counterparts. Most cable providers
do not provide closed captioning, a presence on the electronic
programming guide necessary to record a local access TV program with a
DVR, and some even relegate local PEG TV channels to a channel with
sub-menus that are inconvenient to access, leading to less of a viewer
share than commercial television.
This finished program is
available on a complimentary DVD to any local access TV station, and is
downloadable at www.acmny.org in both Standard Definition and High
Definition files. Complimentary copies of the DVD are also available to
show at a community gatherings and libraries in New York State.
more information, or to request a DVD for your community, contact
Maryann Arrien at Arrien@optonline.net or call 845-528-7420. Membership
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